For years, I’ve been a hoarder. But not just a hoarder of home decor. :) I’ve been a hoarder of memories I couldn’t access. You see, over the years we’ve owned a variety of video cameras to record precious memories of our family. We even recorded our kids’ voices on cassette tapes, back when cassette tapes were a thing. But as each device stopped working, or ceased to be available to us for playback, our outdated tapes of recorded memories started piling up in boxes.
It was heartbreaking. But what can you do when you can’t even play them back any longer? I knew that “someday” I’d figure out what to do with them all. I wanted to watch them again and preserve them for our family, but it was something I kept putting off because who can you really trust with this kind of sentimental treasure?
When we were getting ready to move to this house, I carefully gathered each of those tapes into one box, vowing that this would be the year I’d finally figure out how to preserve them. After a little research online, I found Legacybox. I knew this was the right company to trust. And then they contacted me a few weeks ago, I was over the moon to finally try their service and share it with you.
Every detail about the Legacybox service and packaging reassured me that they cared and would protect these irreplaceable memories.
Legacybox sends you a sturdy crush-proof mailing box that includes easy instructions and round-trip shipping.
You’ll also receive special barcode stickers you easily apply to each item you are sending back, so you can rest assured your memories are safely linked to you.
We packed up our tapes, secured them with packing paper in the packing box, and sent them off in the mailing box, eagerly anticipating the day they would return and we could once again relive our memories together.
Twice, while our videos were being processed, I received emails from Legacybox letting me know our memories were in good hands and what step they were in the digitization process. It might sound silly, but I loved being able to track the progress and receive the emails reassuring me that this service understood my fears of sending these tapes away. The whole process only took a couple of weeks, it was so fast!
I’ll admit, I cried when I popped in the first DVD and saw my now 15 year old son as a two year old running on the baseball field. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so emotional over a package I received in the mail! I was so happy to see all those DVDs carefully packaged and labeled for us. So many hours of memories from my kids’ childhood are now preserved!
As an add on option from Legacybox, you can also order a thumb drive to make it really easy to load and share your videos on to a hard drive. Of course, your original tapes will also be returned.
We made a short video just to show you a little peek of a few sweet memories of our three kids, so you can get a glimpse of how happy this service made our family. We watched some of the DVDs over Thanksgiving break with the whole family and laughed and cried together. I’m sure you can imagine why, there is nothing more special to us in our home than our family and the memories we’ve made together.
(note: you may have to let the video buffer to play it back seamlessly)
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your family this year, I’d say this would be it!
Do you have memories on tapes you can’t even watch stored in boxes like I did?
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